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About Legal Practice Course at Nottingham Trent University

We are confident that our LLM Legal Practice Course (LLM LPC) will provide you with the best training currently available. We have an excellent reputation within the legal profession and our LPC has continuously received the highest possible grading from the Solicitors Regulation Authority in every area of the course.

Why study the LLM LPC at Nottingham Law School?

  • Successful completion of all elements of the LLM LPC will result in the award of a Masters degree – an internationally recognised qualification.
  • All our staff are experienced lawyers – many still practise – and you will benefit from their practical knowledge. Also you will benefit from our visiting lecturers.
  • We teach in small groups to encourage student participation.
  • Every student has a personal tutor. We get to know our students and support and encourage you in both your studies and in your employment applications at the start of your legal career.
  • We have introduced a new elective – Advanced Advocacy – which will provide essential experience for anyone considering Higher Rights of Audience training.
  • We offer a multi-award-winning pro bono programme, including a Legal Advice Centre for the local community.
  • Our dedicated and experienced careers consultants provide guidance and support to help you secure a training contract or other legal employment. Applicants are invited to a careers event in June, before the LPC course starts, so that you can benefit from working with our successful careers team.
  • The number of graduates obtaining a training contract or paralegal work is consistently high.
  • The Professional Legal Practice module provides practical experience and commercial insight, which will ensure you hit the ground running at the start of your career.
  • Studying with Nottingham Law School means that you have all the facilities a large Law School can offer plus the advantages of studying within a university environment which offers outstanding library, IT, support, sports, language and student union services.
  • Scholarships worth up to half the fee are available.

How you're taught

This course will be taught on three days each week in Small Group Sessions (SGS) held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Lectures will be held on Fridays and these will be recorded so that attendance is not compulsory – you can view the lectures at a convenient time. This format gives you the option to be on campus for either two or three days each week. Exceptionally you may be required to attend examinations or induction events on any day of the week but you will receive notice of these dates well in advance.

To gain the LLM, you'll need to complete a dissertation or a Legal Project. The LLM component of this course needs to be completed in conjunction with the LPC.

If you have already successfully completed the LPC or BPTC, you can complete our LLM Legal Practice (distance learning) course which provides 60 Masters-level credits, leading to the award of an LLM.

Lecture Capture

Having listened to student feedback, Nottingham Trent University have implemented a Lecture Capture procedure. Available in all teaching rooms that have a capacity of at least 50 students, significant investments have been made to provide our students with this audio-visual facility on all of our campuses. Where possible, the majority of lectures will be available for our students to access as recordings that are synchronised with presentation slides. This provides students with a great tool for recapping on lectures and revision.

Careers and employability

Your future career

We have a dedicated Employability team who will support you in your search for a training contract; the number of Nottingham Law School graduates gaining a training contract or paralegal work is consistently high.

At Nottingham Law School we don't view the LPC in isolation. It leads to a training contract and we can provide the support required to give you the best possible start to your legal career:

  • Our Employability team provide seminars with advice about training contract applications and interview techniques.
  • We will review your training contract applications and formulate individual career plans. We also provide a practical interview preparation service.
  • We provide a mentoring scheme with trainees from local law firms to provide support and guidance and a personal view of what to expect from life in the profession.
  • Employability and commercial awareness are given appropriate focus, which provides a true bridge into practice.
  • We maintain regular contact with firms specialising in all areas of law.

Course skills

The course skills are advocacy, interviewing, research, writing and drafting and these are often seen as providing the most demanding, and hopefully rewarding, elements of the course. We give particular attention to the written skills of research and writing and drafting; we take seriously the concerns of many firms about the capacity of trainees to handle this type of work in the early part of their training contracts.

Theoretical material is kept to a minimum, and the emphasis is normally on practice and feedback to develop the skills you will need on entering the profession.

Study options for this course

Entry requirements

You will need one of the following options:

What is a Qualifying Law degree?

A Qualifying Law degree (QLD) is a degree recognised by the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority which enables you to progress on to further legal training to become a solicitor or barrister.

A Qualifying Law degree covers the seven foundations of Legal Knowledge:

If you have not covered the above in your undergraduate degree and want to progress on to the LLM LPC or LLM BPTC, you will need to complete our Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) conversion course before you begin your legal training.

SRA Information - changes to Education and Training Regulations

The SRA has recently put in place proposals to simplify the training regulations.

These proposals have resulted in the removal of the requirements for students:

  • to apply for a Certificate of Completion of the Academic Stage of Training
  • to enrol with the SRA prior to commencing the LPC.
  • Please read the SRA revisions document

    Please note that these changes could impact considerably upon you and it is your responsibility to ensure that you understand your revised obligations in respect of the LPC.

    If you are in any doubt about how these changes affect you, please consult the SRA website.

    Accredited Prior Learning (APL)

    Applications from students who have successfully completed either a Bar Vocational Course (BVC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) within five years of enrolment to our Legal Practice Course may be considered for exemption from attendance and assessment in the following:

    Students who transfer to Nottingham Law School to undertake Stage Two having successfully completed Stage One at another institution will be awarded the Professional Diploma.

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